A Vietnamese Soccer Team "Protested" A Bad Call By Intentionally Giving Up 3 Goals In What Was A Tie Game
TheComeback- Ho Chi Minh City and Long An were tied 2-2 late in a recent soccer match in Vietnam. The two Vietnamese league opponents played a spirited affair, until Ho Chi Minh City was awarded a penalty kick for a foul inside the box.
The Long An players were understandably not pleased with the call, and took their collective outrage to the next level… by refusing to play.
Seriously. They barely even moved an inch after the first goal against them was scored.
Look, I get it. The feeling of having the deck stacked against you by poor officiating can kill anyone's competitive spirit, and - judging by the quickness in which they threw their proverbial hands up and went full 'IDGAF' - I would venture to guess that this referee was having a particular...uhhh...lopsided day. That said, wouldn't it make more sense to actually be...ya know... losing prior to full-on quitting. The goalkeeper may have consider his decision to turn his back on the go-ahead goal a "protest", but - just like most protesters - he didn't do all he could to prevent the loss before making a public spectacle out of complaining about it.
I guess I can understand giving up the 4th and 5th goals when time was dwindling in a sport in which goals are hard to come by, but that penalty kick was so far from being a snipe that the goalie could have stopped it and saved his team's chances with nothing more than a Daria-esque effort. I'm all for making a mockery of a game that was compromised by suspicious whistleblowing, but laying down and taking it when the referees decide to non-consensually fuck you should only be 'Plan B' when overcoming their assault on the integrity of a game is still a distinct possibility. Call me crazy, but the one requirement of becoming a sore loser should probably be that you're already losing.